Jan. 11, 2013 — The bystander effect is well-known in behavioural psychology and suggests that the more people who witnessing a violent emergency the less likely it is that someone will intervene. It was first identified in the 1960s, but conducting research on the phenomenon has been difficult. Most experiments rely upon staging fake emergencies or violent encounters using actors, but it is tricky to gauge how genuine a response is.
We have been given a chance to make things happen, but the instructions didn't include how to make things better.
Posted 14 January 2013 - 10:58 AM
There are some good youtubes that demonstrate this, one of my personal favorites is:
Even watching the demonstration during this youtube, I felt quite emotional because what I saw was reason as to why I have started to become a pejorist.
My mind knew it was a set up, yet my heart didn't which only spurred on my compulsion to want to -do something- at that moment in time.
But let us give this a twist, in the spirit of UM.... if it was an alien or an 'unknown otherkin' would there be so many people to simply become bystanders? I have a belief that when it comes down to it, human kind will always assist another in this experience.
We gotta take care of our own, right?
You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet.
-- Franz Kafka